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The City of Hampton has two distinct areas with links to the Chesapeake Bay - the downtown Hampton waterfront area and the Phoebus/Fort Monroe area. Both have things for visitors to see and do, including museums, historic architecture, shops, and entertainment.
There's plenty to see in Hampton's downtown waterfront area, including the Virginia Air and Space Museum and a restored antique carousel. The Air and Space Museum has an IMAX theater where you can view films in high quality digital 3D. During the winter months there's even an outdoor skating rink. There are often outdoor events scheduled for downtown during the summer months, including the popular Saturday Summer Street Fest.
At Fort Monroe, you can visit the historic fort and see Old Point Comfort lighthouse. The was strategically located on a point at the mouthof the Bay and it's one of the prettiest locations in the area. The nearby Phoebus neighborhood has lots of antique shops, galleries and restaurants, plus the American Theater.
Buckroe Beach is a popular place to enjoy a refreshing dip in the Chesapeake. The Bay waters are nice and calm here, making it a good place for families. There's a playground for the kids and peddle boat and kayak rentals available. And there's a free concert series on Sundays during the Summer.
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Embassy Suites Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center
Located close to the Coliseum and Convention Center with easy access to downtown. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and coffee shop.
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
Located just off I-64 and convenient to all Hampton has to offer. Guest can enjoy a free continental breakfast and make use of the hotel's indoor pool and fitness center. See Rates
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JMay 31 - June 2, 2013. Blackbeard Festival. Hampton's annual pirate-themed event. There's entertainment, a Pirates' Ball, and fun for the kids.
June 28 - 30, 2013. Hampton Jazz Festival. Hampton's annual music festival featuring top blues, soul, pop, and jazz performers.
August 10 - 11, 2013. Hampton Cup Regatta. The oldest continuously run hydroplane race in the country. Nine classes of hydroplane racing. Food, music and festivities on shore.
Sept. 6 - 8, 2013. Hampton Bay Days. Festival event held throughout downtown Hampton. Two stages of free entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and a big fireworks display. Hampton, VA.